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Resolution, Adopted by the General Assembly:

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)
A/RES/53/25 19 November 1998 Fifty-third session Agenda item 31


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The United Nations responded to the Nobel Appeal and passed resolution A/RES/53/243 that invites us:

• To foster a culture of peace through education

• To promote sustainable economic and social development

• To promote respect for all human rights

• To ensure equality between women and men

• To foster democratic participation

• To advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity

• To support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge

• To promote international peace and security

As communities of conscience across the globe respond to the Nobel Laureates Appeal, we can end the traumatic experiences of children that blight their lives, rob them of hope, deprive them of joy, and extinguish their dreams.  Children will learn that peace is possible.

Over 75 million citizens have added their commitment to the Nobel Laureates personal pledge to:

_       Respect Life
_       Reject Violence
_       Share With Others
_       Listen To Understand
_       Preserve the Planet
_       Contribute to our Communities

You may personally sign the Nobel Laureates appeal at www.nobelweb.org


Full Text of Resolution:

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 52/15 of 20 November 1997 and Economic and Social Council resolution 1997/47 of 22 July 1997 proclaiming the year 2000 as the International Year for the Culture of Peace, as well as its resolution 52/13 of 20 November 1997 on a culture of Peace (Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1997, Supplement No. 1 (E/1997/97)),

Taking into account Commission on Human Rights resolution 1998/54 of 17 April 1998 entitled "Towards a culture of peace"(Ibid., 1998, Supplement No. 3 (E/1998/23), chap. II, sect. A.),

Recalling the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights concerning the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004),

Taking into account the project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization entitled "Towards a culture of peace",

Aware that the task of the United Nations to save future generations from the scourge of war requires transformation towards a culture of peace, which consists of values, attitudes and behaviours that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, all human rights, tolerance and solidarity, that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantee the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society,

Recognizing that enormous harm and suffering are caused to children through different forms of violence at every level of society throughout the world and that a culture of peace and nonviolence promotes respect for the life and dignity of every human being without prejudice or discrimination of any kind.

Recognizing also the role of education in constructing a culture of peace and nonviolence, in particular the teaching of the practice of peace and nonviolence to children, which will promote the purposes and principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations,

Emphasizing that the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, by which children learn to live together in peace and harmony that will contribute to the strengthening of international peace and cooperation, should emanate from adults and be instilled in children,

Underlining that the proposed international decade for a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world will contribute to the promotion of a culture of peace based on the principles embodied in the Charter and on respect for human rights, democracy and tolerance, the promotion of development, education for peace, the free flow of information and the wider participation of women as an integral approach to preventing violence and conflicts, and efforts aimed at the creation of conditions for peace and its consolidation,

Convinced that such a decade, at the beginning of the new millennium, would greatly assist the efforts of the international community to foster peace, harmony, all human rights, democracy and development throughout the world,

Proclaims the period 2001-2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World;

Invites the Secretary-General to submit, in consultation with Member States, relevant United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations, a report to the General Assembly at its fifty-fifth session and a draft program of action to promote the implementation of the Decade at local, national, regional and international levels, and to coordinate the activities of the Decade;

Invites Member States to take the necessary steps to ensure that the practice of peace and nonviolence is taught at all levels in their respective societies, including in educational institutions;

Calls upon the relevant United Nations bodies, in particular the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, and invites non-governmental organizations, religious bodies and groups, educational institutions, artists and the media actively to support the Decade for the benefit of every child of the world;

Decides to consider, at its fifty-fifth session, the question of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), under the agenda item entitled "Culture of peace". 


The Manifesto 2000

Together we can transform the culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. This demands the participation of everyone. It gives young people and future generations values that can inspire them to shape a world of dignity and harmony, a world of justice, solidarity, liberty and prosperity. The culture of peace makes possible sustainable development, protection of the environment and the personal fulfillment of each human being.

Recognizing my share of responsibility for the future of humanity, especially for today's children and those of future generations, I pledge in my daily life, in my family, my work, my community, my country and my region to:

Respect the life and dignity of every person without discrimination or prejudice

Practice active nonviolence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents

Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression

Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening rather than fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others

Promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet

Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity.